See also: Snake

EnglishEdit

 
A snake (anaconda).

Alternative formsEdit

  • (internet slang, childish, jocular) snek

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English snake, from Old English snaca (snake, serpent, reptile), from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare German Low German Snake, Snaak (snake), dialectal German Schnake (adder), Swedish snok (grass snake), Icelandic snákur (snake)), derived from *snakaną (to crawl) (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *sneg- (to crawl; a creeping thing). Cognate with Sanskrit नाग (nāgá, snake)). Doublet of nāga.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: snāk, IPA(key): /ˈsneɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪk

NounEdit

snake (plural snakes)

  1. A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
    Synonyms: joe blake, serpent
  2. A treacherous person; a rat.
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby[2]:
      Mrs. Kenwigs was horror-stricken to think that she should ever have nourished in her bosom such a snake, adder, viper, serpent, and base crocodile, as Henrietta Petowker.
  3. (Ireland, UK) Somebody who acts deceitfully for social gain.
  4. A tool for unclogging plumbing.
    Synonyms: auger, plumber's snake
  5. A tool to aid cable pulling.
    Synonym: wirepuller
  6. (Australia) A flavoured jube (confectionary) in the shape of a snake.
  7. (slang) Trouser snake; the penis.
    Synonym: trouser snake
  8. (mathematics) A series of Bézier curves.
  9. (cartomancy) The seventh Lenormand card.
  10. (MLE, MTE) An informer; a rat.
    Gem’s a snake for Kamale, man.
  11. (finance, historical) Short for snake in the tunnel.
    • 2001, W. Bonefeld, The Politics of Europe: Monetary Union and Class (page 69)
      The snake failed to provide an anchor for currency stability and, through it, disinflation.

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Maori: neke
  • Sranan Tongo: sneki

TranslationsEdit

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VerbEdit

snake (third-person singular simple present snakes, present participle snaking, simple past and past participle snaked)

  1. (intransitive) To follow or move in a winding route.
    Synonyms: slither, wind
    The path snaked through the forest.
    The river snakes through the valley.
    • 1996 September 24, Mark Addinall, “Football fever...”, in aus.personals, Usenet[3]:
      Any Brisbane female interested in snaking down a few beers whilst watching the footy on a big screen?
    • 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Bournemouth (circa 1880)”, in RAIL, number 947, pages 59-60:
      Opened in June of that year [1880], the station was the southern terminus of the much-lamented Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (the S&D or 'Slow and Dirty'), which snaked its way down from Bath.
  2. (transitive, Australia, slang) To steal slyly.
    He snaked my DVD!
    • 2001 April 5, Hyena, “Home made supercharger ?”, in aus.cars, Usenet[4]:
      Although it wouldn't be the first time some one patented an idea that I'd had a year earlier. [] Someone already has :) [] F*CK ME !! Snaked again !
  3. (transitive) To clean using a plumbing snake.
  4. (US, informal) To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; often with out.
    • November 27 1835, N.B. St. John, letter to George Thompson
      his wife and children shall not be forced to flee from the hearth of a friend, lest they should be snaked out by men in civic authority
  5. (nautical) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.
  6. (MLE) To inform; to rat.
    He says he didn't snake and I believe him.

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English snaca, from Proto-Germanic *snakô.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

snake (plural snakes or snaken or snake)

  1. snake
  2. serpent

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